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Trucking accidents: Sometimes preventable with these safety tips

Trucking accidents are dangerous for passenger vehicle drivers. The size of a passenger vehicle makes it prone to being crushed under the weight of a larger truck. It's a risk to those involved and results in a higher likelihood of suffering a serious or fatal injury.

As someone who drives often, it's important to understand how to avoid getting into an accident with a truck driver. While many accidents are a result of a driver's inattention or negligence, you can still take steps to avoid a crash.

Hearing loss and Tennessee workers' comp: Know the facts

Hearing loss is an under-recognized consequence of certain jobs. Moreover, loss of your hearing, in part or in full, can affect your life in virtually every way.

Aside from the frustration of not being able to hear and communicate in the same way, you will likely need medical treatment and therapy, and you could potentially need additional job training if the hearing loss affects your ability to work.

Can you recover from a spinal injury?

There are several kinds of spinal cord injuries that happen, but they are all categorized as either incomplete or complete injuries. With an incomplete injury, there may still be pain or sensation below the point of injury. With a complete injury, there is no movement or nerve reaction below the point of injury.

The areas of the body affected by the spinal injury depends on which part of the spinal cord was injured. For example, if you impact the spine at the midsection and sever the nerves, it's possible the individual will have no feeling below the waist. If the neck suffers a damaging blow, then the individual may only have the ability to move or feel from the neck or shoulders up. Each case is different.

Weather changes impact your car's ability to move safely

Weather changes have the potential to affect your vehicle, which could put you at risk of getting into an accident. As the weather cools, you need to be prepared to perform maintenance and to keep your car in tip-top shape.

When you think of the winter, you probably begin to think about putting on a hat or using more moisturizer to combat dry, heated air. Think the same way for your vehicle. You should make sure to check its antifreeze levels and allow it to warm up before you drive. Check the air pressure in the tires as the temperatures drop; in the same way you might shiver or pull away from something cold, the air inside tires also retracts, making them prone to becoming flat.

What are the common symptoms and treatments of whiplash?

After a car accident, you may not know the full extent of your injuries until hours days or even weeks after the accident. For example, if you bruised your ribs or strained a muscle in your back due to the impact, the pain may increase as time goes on, along with the general effects on your health and ability to take care of day-to-day tasks. This can also happen with whiplash.

A neck strain, or whiplash, is a common injury in car accidents. This type of injury typically due to the force of the impact, which causes a driver's or passenger's neck to suddenly jerk forward or backward. To find out about the symptoms and treatment of whiplash, read further.

Workers' compensation benefits matter after an accident

When you get hurt on the job, you may qualify for workers' compensation. Workers' compensation insurance is paid for by employers in order to protect their employees in the case of an injury on the job.

Workers' compensation, which may also be called workman's compensation, is state-mandated. That means that your employer is likely required to obtain and maintain workers' compensation insurance for your workplace. There are a few exceptions, but on the whole, this is a requirement of most workplaces.

Oh deer! November puts drivers at risk of collisions

Deer are not an uncommon sight in Tennessee, thanks to its natural settings. Unfortunately, deer can pose a serious risk to drivers and put their lives at risk on the roads. Collisions caused by deer don't usually result in lawsuits, but if a driver is unsafe and traveling in a way that prevents him or her from stopping or avoiding a deer, he or she could cause a crash that someone else falls victim to.

Here's an example. If you're driving toward another driver who is clearly speeding in a 50 mph zone, you might not care, since you're in the other lane. However, if the driver was going the appropriate speed, it would be easier to avoid hazards in the roadway. Instead, the driver didn't have time to slow for a deer in the roadway and turned into your lane, cutting off your path. That results in a head-on collision, which puts you in the hospital. In that case, you could argue that it was negligence that led to the collision.

Even advanced riders can benefit from motorcycle safety courses

Riding a motorcycle comes with a unique set of dangers. This is why safety should be your number one priority every time you climb onto your bike, and staying goes beyond wearing a helmet and riding leathers or staying within the bounds of the speed limit.

You might think that motorcycle safety courses are for new riders. You took one ages ago when you first got your license, so why would you take another one? But safety courses can be just as beneficial to experienced riders as they are for new riders. Read further to find out more about whether you should sign up for an advanced motorcycle safety course.

Psychological and physical issues arise after amputation

You were traveling on the highway when it happened. The semitruck in front of you began to brake quickly. It was raining, so you braked but slid. You tried to move over a lane to avoid a crash. You were successful, but the semi lost control and jackknifed into your vehicle.

The next thing you knew, you were waking up in the hospital. You tried to push yourself up, and that's when you realized you no longer had one of your arms. It was amputated due to the severity of the injury.

Vocational rehabilitation helps you get back to work

After an injury, workers may think they won't be able to go back to work. The truth is that most workers can go through rehabilitation to obtain the training they need to get back on the job. Vocational rehabilitation is an important part of the workers' compensation program in your state. Its goal is to help you get back to working a job that supports you and your family.

The services offered to you that could help you get back to work after a workplace injury include on-the-job training, labor market surveys, job analyses, ergonomics assessments, reasonable accommodation assistance through the Americans with Disabilities Act and education and tuition payments if you need retraining. There are also other services you may be able to access after your work-related injury, depending on your state's current laws and regulations.

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